Meet Our Counselors

Henry Stribling, LCSW

email Henry I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families who are facing emotional and behavioral difficulties. I work with each individual and family to find unique solutions to these difficulties.

After undergraduate work at the University of Richmond (BS, 1988), I earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since then, I have worked in both the public and private sectors, with a focus on children and adolescents. My clinical experience includes work with young people who are facing serious issues of life such as divorce, as well as with traumatized children and those diagnosed with ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Developmental Disorders, and Oppositional/Defiant Disorder.

In private practice, I have expanded my client base to include adults and couples that facing challenges of everyday life. I seek to help each individual find their place in life knowing that while our history impacts our present it does not dictate our future.

I believe that it is important to work closely with parents to build a strong and supportive environment so young people will learn how to manage themselves in a healthy and productive manner. I also believe that it is important to treat the whole person: emotionally, physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. I encourage all of my clients to address each of these areas as they move through treatment. With this in mind, I approach each client as a growing and dynamic individual, and work to create a therapeutic experience that is tailored to the needs of each child and family. Email Henry Stribling

Kim Stribling, LCSW

I have a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than fifteen years of clinical experience working with individuals and couples who have a variety of challenges including; medical crisis, day to day stressor and adjustments, life changes (including but not limited to: job change, transition to college), anxiety, adjustment and situational depression.

Through open and supportive dialogue, we can work together to effectively adjust to challenges and changes in your life. To accomplish this goal, the approach is to work with you to gain greater insight and self-awareness into these areas of your life that are causing you distress. We will work together to establish goals and strive to meet them. With a team approach to therapy, we will set manageable goals; achieve them and begin to build a foundation based on successes. This will enable you to handle much larger and more complex situations as they arise. I will assist you in restoring peace and improving your quality of life by engaging in interactive conversation, providing insight, offering guidance about effective coping strategies, and encouraging you to change the way you handle stress. Together, we can restore your well-being. Email Kim Stribling

Carminda Passino, LCSW

Carminda Passino is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), who works with adolescents and adults during emotionally challenging life situations. She helps clients explore their feelings, examine patterns in their thoughts and behaviors, and identify what is preventing them from achieving the personal growth they desire to create the life they want. Carminda uses a combination of clinical strategies to help clients develop new skills to alter maladaptive thinking and create behavioral patterns that improve moods and strengthen relationships.

Ms. Passino completed her undergraduate degree in sociology from Grinnell College. In 1995, she earned her Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from Columbia University. Prior to joining Stribling Counseling Services, Carminda spent over a dozen years helping children and families. Her career started in New York where she worked as a Certified Social Worker for Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division. Carminda also spent several years working as a school-based social worker and mental health therapist for Arlington County’s Child and Family Services Division. In 2008, she became an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and spent several years dedicated to helping women maximize their potential to create their ideal life balance -- focusing on parenting, relationship, organizational/time-management and career and life/balance issues. Email Carminda Passino

Bonnie Jessee, LCSW

Bonnie Jessee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). While working as a Registered Nurse in an inpatient psychiatric hospital Bonnie returned to school and received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Radford University.

Bonnie works with adults and couples to identify their struggles. She provides insight for the change people need to help them move past their struggle and into a healthy future. Bonnie believes that all people can change, do better, think better and live healthier lives. She is a storyteller and learned from telling folktales that everyone has a story that can be told in a way that feeds our most healthy and holistic choices. Prior to joining Stribling Counseling, Bonnie worked in private practice and at Emory & Henry College where she counseled the college students. Bonnie has worked with adults challenged by adjusting to a new situation, relationship issues, life stressors, anxiety, depression and chronic mental illness.

"I love hearing peoples stories and I use counseling methods that help individuals to rethink their personal stories and choose the meaning that their stories create for their lives. I like to provide people with an opportunity to find their authentic self and learn to be that person. I love to support the growth and development of healthy relationships for individuals and for couples. I use many therapeutic techniques to facilitate this process including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing." Email Bonnie Jessee

Holly Saporito, LCSW

Holly Saporito is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned her Bachelor's degree of Psychology from York College of PA in 1999 and Master's degree in Social Work from Temple University in 2003. She completed an internship during her studies and eventually began working at a treatment facility for children. There she treated children with complex trauma, depressive issues, anxiety and family conflict. She also worked as an outpatient therapist for a non profit agency treating adults, couples, and families.

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Holly provides short or long term therapy based on the needs of the individual. A holistic treatment approach that identifies strengths, areas of needed growth, and promotes well being is used in therapy. Issues such as anxiety and depression, relationship or communication problems as well as attachment and trauma effects are addressed in therapy.

With children, the focus is to help manage behavioral and emotional difficulties to enhance everyday life. She works with the family to facilitate children’s development and growth . She offers insight into parenting skills and strategies to cope with the challenges of family life. Parents can then transfer theses learned skills into the home and community settings.   We work together to promote self-understanding, self-identity, and self-acceptance for a happier life.  Email Holly Saporito

Karen Bruecken-Thoden

I am a resident therapist who graduated with highest honors from Liberty University with a Masters in Professional Counseling. I have extensive experience working in private schools as well as Loudoun County Public Schools. My philosophical life view is based upon a positive psychological perspective which means I truly believe that one voice can change your day, week, month, future and the World!

I have dedicated myself to helping my clients become a better version of themselves no matter what life throws at them. I do this from the mindset that I must create a judgement free, blank slate and compassionate environment specifically tailored to my client's needs. This includes a holistic view encompassing evaluation of basic needs such as sleep, nutrition, and health issues and how they can play a part in their mental health. I enjoy challenging people to think differently and then watching the benefits that occur when they find success. I want to continue to teach courage and confidence by touching and diving into subjects such as overcoming self-doubt, identifying scarcity thinking and toxic surroundings, and unbalanced relationships and perfectionism, together we can create new patterns of thinking that can lead to increased self-efficacy, courage and confidence. 

My goal is to help guide my clients through their weaknesses into a more self-actualizing, productive and empowered version of themselves. Specializing in children, adolescents and women with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and self-esteem issues. Christian counseling available upon request. Email Karen Bruecken-Thoden

Keri Barrett

Keri Barrett is a resident therapist with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Keri has experience leading individual and group therapy that focuses on living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, dealing with grief and loss, meditation and relaxation techniques to reduce stress, improving anxiety and depression, and building social supports. Keri takes a multifaceted approach to meeting individuals where they are and helping them find their inner resources to maximize their strengths.

Keri comes to Stribling Counseling with over fifteen years experience working as a counselor for a non-profit organization and a local county government. She has seen success counseling individuals and families living with a wide range of challenges including Bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress, self injury, substance abuse, Attention Deficit, Autism Spectrum, Obsessive Compulsive and Psychotic and Schizoaffective Disorders. Keri has helped individuals and families recover from crisis by learning skills to restore health and balance.

Keri is passionate about maximizing the existing strengths present in everyone to help them find a path to reach their life goals. By teaching tools for coping and change tailored to each individual in an environment of compassion and support, Keri has helped individuals and families find balance and move forward when life challenges arise.  Email Keri Barrett

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